— "Teaching English and yoga at the Bourj el-Shamali Palestinian refugee camp was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I still miss the smiles on my students' faces as they tried out yoga asana, or sang songs for kirtan when they were too tired to do vinyasa. They were so eager to put on a great show at the end of the summer to present what they learned. They also taught me how to say 'shaheeq' and 'zafeer' (inhale and exhale in Arabic) while demonstrating different movements. The girls in the photo are doing the 'tree pose.' They are all being strong trees supporting each other."
Jan (SHINE '15)
— Suzanne, SHINE '12, brings you our second #IStandWithRefugees memory... ❤️💚
"A co-teacher and I became close with the family of one of LEAP's students, sharing many meals they generously prepared for us at their home. On our final evening together, the mother disappeared while my friend and I said tearful goodbyes to the rest of the family. When the mother returned, she placed parting gifts into our hands—several of the children's stuffed animals. Incredibly, the children did not protest, but eagerly watched us accept the gifts with huge smiles. The little lion and teddy bear I received were worn with time and love, and I stood in awe of the sheer selflessness, openness, and beauty of this family."